Satellite NFIRE (Near Field InfraRed Experiment) of Missile Defense Agency

Name of Satellite, Alternate Names NFIRE (Near Field InfraRed Experiment)
Country of Operator/Owner USA
Operator/Owner Missile Defense Agency
Users Military
Purpose Technology Development
Class of Orbit LEO
Type of Orbit
Longitude of GEO (degrees) 0
Perigee (km) 398
Apogee (km) 405
Eccentricity 0.000516872184892564
Inclination (degrees) 48.2
Period (minutes) 97.6
Launch Mass (kg.) 494
Dry Mass (kg.)
Power (watts)
Date of Launch 24-04-2007
Expected Lifetime
Contractor General Dynamics
Country of Contractor USA
Launch Site Wallops Island Flight Facility
Launch Vehicle Minotaur 1
COSPAR Number 2007-014A
NORAD Number 31140
Comments Designed to carry a kill vehicle to intercept any missiles launched against the US; this satellite does not carry the kill vehicle.


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